Anthony DeBarros joins DocumentCloud as Director of Product Development

DocumentCloud is pleased to announce that Anthony DeBarros is joining our team as Director of Product Development. DeBarros joins DocumentCloud from Gannett Digital, where he was Director of Interactive Applications, leading a team that built data-driven interactives for investigations, elections and the Gannett platform as well as publishing tools for the company’s journalists. Before joining Gannett Digital, he…

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Washington Post, Marshall Project collaborate with DocumentCloud to make note embeds responsive

This post originally appeared on the DocumentCloud blog. On Aug. 3, The Marshall Project, a new nonprofit journalism organization focused on criminal justice issues, published an investigation in partnership with The Washington Post that revealed new evidence raising doubts about a high-profile Texas execution. Tom Meagher, data editor at The Marshall Project: Our reporter, Maurice…

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Knight grant supports DocumentCloud improvements, sustainability

DocumentCloud, a free, open source tool used by hundreds of newsrooms to analyze and publish documents, will improve its offerings and develop a plan toward sustainability with $1.4 million in new support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The two-year support will focus on strengthening the future of DocumentCloud and introducing enhancements…

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Making the reporting transparent after an agency demands retraction

For the past several months, we at inewsource have been reporting on San Diego’s North County Transit District, a public transportation agency that is going through a bit of turmoil — to put it politely. The district has been aggressive in its response to our stories. It’s sent out dozens of tweets calling us “just…

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Behind the Story: Sweeping FOIAs, document-mining reveal problems with Norway kindergartens

By John Bones, Verdens Gang Rather than a traditional front page, VG created this cover, which reads “Mom and dad think I am safe in the kindergarten, but is it true?” It started like an ordinary news story last October. One of our reporters, Frank Haugsbo, made Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the…

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Getting the widest impact out of your software project

Last week at the 2013 CAR Conference, DocumentCloud’s Lead Developer Ted Han joined a panel discussing how to get the widest impact out of a software project.  Reporter’s Lab has a thorough write-up of the panel, addressing the questions how much code is really re-used, and how to measure the success of a software project.…

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Using DocumentCloud, FOIA Project to track requests, responses by agency

The FOIA Project has documented more evidence of what its staff calls apparent failure of the Obama administration to fulfill transparency promises, and an upcoming expansion of the project could be a step toward establishing definitive evidence regarding the administration’s level of transparency.   At the end of December, the DocumentCloud-powered venture from the Transactional…

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Document Cloud, Overview help AP investigate vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s record

Jack Gillum of The Associated Press recently published a story showing that vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan has relied on many of the programs he’s criticized and suggested cutting. The report wouldn’t have been possible without tools like DocumentCloud and Overview, Gillum said in a post on the Overview project’s website. DocumentCloud enabled Gillum to analyze, annotate…

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Behind The Story: Investigating credit report errors

Courtesy of The Columbus Dispatch When Jill Riepenhoff and Mike Wagner began researching credit report errors in 2010, virtually everyone they spoke with knew someone who had been affected.  Although the industry lacks an official outlet for consumers to dispute credit claims, the reporters’ nationwide FOIA requests returned nearly 28,000 files from the Federal Trade…

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